Re: hooking up 6 pcs to a broadband connection
yeah, get a linksys hub. you can also get them with wireless built - in. get the G version, not the B.....cuz G is faster. then pick yourself up some wireless cards. you will not lose control over your connection if you set it up with mac address filtering. this is all done in Internet Explorer via the hub's ip address. it's all in the directions. if you need help with it, ask. i have my network hidden from the outside world, so i'm not broadcasting and no one gets a free ride. firewall is on, high encryptian with password protection AND i only allow 3 ip's to be given out at any time. that is 2 for my workstations and 1 for my wife's wireless card i installed.
so you need to enter each wireless card's mac address in the mac address pool. if someone tries to connect to your network they won't be able to unless their mac address is listed / entered in the sytem by you. and if it is...they still need to know the password.
no one will be able to access your network without that authorization. you could give them the wireless card with a $40 depost which they will get back when they return the card. that is what i would do.